Rustic Penne with Chicken Sausage

Rustic Penne with Chicken Pasta

This past Sunday was one of those days that begged for a quick, hearty dinner. The air had a chill to it, football was on in the family room and we’d just returned from a weekend in Philadelphia.

Rustic Penne with Chicken SausageWhether I’m at Wegmans or my local grocery store, organic chicken sausage is always available and usually on sale. I love it because it can sit in my fridge, and with an expiration date over a month out, I don’t have to worry about squeezing it in right after I buy it. It’s also perfect for those dinners when you’re in a pinch and need something quick.

Rustic Penne with Chicken SausageIn Sunday’s case, I had the chicken sausage in my fridge and the rest of the ingredients were pulled from either the pantry or our garden. The result was out of this world, and the leftover penne with chicken sausage worked perfectly for lunch the next day!

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Rustic Penne with Chicken Sausage
 
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  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ box dried penne
  • 1 package fully cooked chicken sausage
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1½ cups marinara sauce
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ½ freshly chopped basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup pasta water
Instructions
  1. Set a large pot of water to boil. Warm 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a deep skillet over medium-high heat, then add the chicken sausage, browning each side for 2 minutes. Remove the sausage to a plate to rest.
  2. Meanwhile, pour 2 more tablespoons of olive oil into the skillet. Add the onions and saute them for 3 minutes, then add the garlic and salt, and continue cooking for 1 minute longer. Pour the chicken broth in, bring it to a boil and then reduce the heat to let it simmer for 5 minutes, or until the liquid has reduced by half.
  3. Once the water has come to a boil, add the penne and cook until just before al dente, about 9 minutes.
  4. Slice the sausages and add them, along with the marinara and half the basil, to the skillet. Give it a good stir, and then cover the skillet, continuing to let the mixture simmer while the pasta cooks.
  5. Fold the cooked pasta and ½ cup pasta water into the skillet mixture, making sure the penne is well-coated. Sprinkle the pasta with the remaining basil and serve it hot with shredded mozzarella or Parmesan as garnish, and a crusty loaf of bread.

 

Homemade Chicken Tetrazzini

Homemade Chicken Tetrazzini

Normally I wouldn’t be crazy-excited for a casserole recipe at the end of August. To me, most casseroles are the perfect comfort food for crisp fall evenings – not the dog days of summer.

Chicken Tetrazzini Mushrooms, Onions and Garlic

Although I’d make an exception for things like baked ziti, which I could eat weekly throughout the year without feeling like I’m betraying summer menus.

Homemade Chicken Tetrazzini

This August has been strange though. We haven’t seen the thermometer pass 90°F in weeks…maybe even a month. This is unheard of in Maryland in August, when it’s normal for the daytime heat and humidity to both rise above 90, and evenings are muggy and oppressive.

Homemade Chicken Tetrazzini

Instead, our windows have been open for the past month and nighttime has been near chilly. It’s terrific! Also, the chill in the air means casseroles like homemade chicken tetrazzini sound like a perfect Sunday night dinner.

Homemade Chicken Tetrazzini

This recipe mostly follows Giada De Laurentiis’ version of chicken tetrazzini, but has a few tweaks that make it my own. We LOVED it. I’m VERY excited for leftovers to bring to work.

Homemade Chicken Tetrazzini
 
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Inspired by Giada De Laurentiis' Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe
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Serves: 4 to 6
Ingredients
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ½ pound button mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • ¼ cup tart white wine (something you would drink)
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 cups whole milk
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 8 ounces fettuccine
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 3 scallions, diced
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan
  • ½ cup panko
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 450°F. Grease the bottom and sides of a 2-quart casserole dish with a tablespoon of butter; set it aside.
  2. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the chicken breasts with ½ teaspoon each of salt and pepper, then sear them in the nonstick skillet until they're cooked though - 4 minutes per side. Remove them from the pan and set them aside. After 5 minutes, dice the chicken into rough 1-inch cubes and toss them into a large bowl.
  3. Meanwhile, add another tablespoon of olive oil and butter to the same pan. Add the mushrooms and saute them for 2 minutes. Add the onions, thyme and garlic, and continue to saute them until the onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Pour in the wine and let it cook down until it's almost gone, about 2 minutes longer. Add the mushroom mixture to the chicken.
  4. Melt 2 more tablespoons of butter in the same pan. Add the flour and whisk until the mixture is smooth and creamy, then let it cook for another minute longer. Turn the heat up to high, pour in the milk and broth, and bring the mixture to a boil, whisking often. Add 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper, and keep whisking until the sauce is thick and bubbly - about 8 minutes.
  5. While the sauce is coming to a bubble, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the fettuccine and cook it for 9 minutes. Drain.
  6. Add the sauce, cooked fettuccine, parsley and scallions to the chicken. Use tongs to toss everything together, making sure the sauce fully coats all the chicken and fettuccine. Dump it into your prepared casserole.
  7. Mix the panko, Italian seasoning and Parmesan together, and then sprinkle it over the casserole. Dot with the remaining butter and then cook it until it's browned on top and the edges are bubbly - about 20 minutes. Let the chicken tetrazzini rest for 5 minutes before serving.

 

Seared Shrimp with Whole Wheat Pasta

Whole Wheat Shrimp Pasta

I’m a big fan of pasta.

Like, I could eat it just about every night if given the chance.

The other evening we needed a quick dinner thrown together after a busy afternoon of dance practice, a lacrosse game, errands and work. Pasta’s great because most of the time the entire meal can be cooked in 20 minutes or less, from start to finish.

I also had a slew of beautiful veggies from my Hometown Harvest delivery that screamed, “PASTAAAA!!!!”

Seared Shrimp with Whole Wheat Pasta

So, naturally I whipped up a quick seared shrimp with whole wheat pasta (angel hair, to be exact), and as part of the sauce I sauteed organic sliced cremini mushrooms and green onions, and then topped the whole thing off with a sprinkling of fresh basil and diced Roma tomatoes.

And Parmesan. Love Parmesan.

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Seared Shrimp with Whole Wheat Pasta
 
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Delicious, easy and quick weeknight dinner!
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 bag frozen raw jumbo shrimp, thawed and peeled - tails removed
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt + 2 tablespoons for the pasta water
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 oz whole wheat angel hair pasta
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped basil
Instructions
  1. Set a large pot of water with 2 tablespoons of salt on the stove to boil.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Sprinkle the shrimp with 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. Add the shrimp to the skillet, and let them cook for 3 minutes on one side. Flip them, and continue cooking for another 2 minutes. Remove the shrimp to a plate lined with a paper towel.
  3. Add another tablespoon of olive oil and the butter to the skillet. Once the butter has melted, add the mushrooms, ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. Saute them for 2 minutes and then add the green onions and continue for another minute.
  4. Add the angel hair pasta to the boiling water and cook it for 3 minutes. Meanwhile, add the milk to the mushroom mixture, turn the heat up a little and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, add ¼ cup Parmesan, and continue cooking until the pasta is finished - the sauce will reduce a bit.
  5. Drain the pasta and toss it into the skillet with the mushroom sauce. Add the shrimp, tomatoes and basil, and continue tossing it gently until the pasta is coated. Serve with the remaining Parmesan and a loaf of crusty bread!

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Chicken Mushroom Bow Tie Pasta

Chicken Mushroom Bow Tie Pasta

Here’s another one to add to the quick and easy weeknight dinner rotation. Don’t you just love those?

I think every weeknight is busy for us, especially during the school year and ESPECIALLY in the springtime. My husband is a high school varsity lacrosse coach, so we either try to squeeze in a quick family dinner before he has to leave for practice, or I try to make something that’s reheatable for later.

Chicken Mushroom Bow Tie Pasta

To add another layer to the weeknight frenzy, my daughter is a dancer. A Company dancer. This means that in addition to having dance class two nights per week, she also has lessons every other Friday – three hours’ worth.

So, dinner is rough these days, but we make it work as a family meal when we can – mostly on the weekends.

A pasta dish like chicken mushroom bow tie pasta, however, is easy for me to throw together after I get home, also works wonderfully as a late night meal (reheated by my husband or by my daughter), and is excellent to bring for lunch as next day leftovers. Mmm….

Chicken Mushroom Bow Tie Pasta
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 cups dry bow tie (farfalle) pasta
  • 1 cup cubed cooked chicken (leftovers from roast chicken work great!)
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ¾ cup sliced mushrooms
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ⅛ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 green onions, diced
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • ½ cup pasta water
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of generously salted (2 tablespoons) water to a boil. Add the bow tie pasta and let it cook for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, warm the olive oil over medium high heat in a large skillet. Add the mushrooms and saute them, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Add the butter, and once it's melted, pour in the flour and use a wooden spoon to stir the mixture until a roux has formed. Add the milk all at once and continue stirring until the sauce becomes smooth and starts to bubble. Stir in 1 teaspoon salt, pepper, parsley, green onions, mozzarella and chicken, and then let the sauce cook for one more minute.
  3. As soon as the pasta has cooked for 10 minutes, transfer it to the sauce skillet along with ½ cup pasta water, making sure each bow tie is coated. After 2 minutes, the pasta will will have finished cooking and it will be time to eat!

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